Fobes, Abreu: Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight & Wildcat Weekly Roundup


February 6, 2012


DURHAM, N.H.Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) of the gymnastics team and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) of the men’s basketball team are featured in this week's Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. This information and more can be found in the Wildcat Weekly Roundup.



Austyn Fobes, women’s gymnastics

     Austyn, a junior all-around competitor from Howell, New Jersey, led the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to victory against Yale University and Brown University with a season-high score of 195.475.

     The 5-foot-1 gymnast, who is still recovering from a preseason wrist injury that prevents competition in the vault, tied for first place in all three events in which she competed with a score of 9.825 in both the uneven bars and balance beam and a mark of 9.85 in the floor exercise. The 9.825 judgment on the beam is a personal best.

     Austyn helped lead UNH’s top-three sweep in both the bars and beam, and the Wildcats recorded the top team score in all four events.

     She was a 2011 NCAA Regional Championship competitor on bars, vault, beam, floor and all-around. Austyn’s 2011 accolades included EAGL All-Tournament First Team on all-around and bars, All-EAGL First Team in all-around and floor and Second Team on bars. At the EAGL Championship, she tied for second on bars and tied for fifth on both floor and all-around.

     Last year as a sophomore, Austyn had a strong meet against Central Michigan and Brown with personal bests in both the uneven bars (9.95) and floor exercise (9.875). One week earlier, she tallied a career-high 39.1 in the all-around at LSU. Earlier in the year, Austyn recorded a personal best 9.825 in the vault against Bridgeport.

     As a freshman, she earned EAGL All-Tournament First Team in vault and Second Team on floor. At the NCAA Regional, she tied for 14th in the floor and was 19th in the vault.


Alvin Abreu, men’s basketball

     Alvin, a senior guard from Lynn, Massachusetts, completed his first career double-double when his 3-point field goal broke a 49-49 tie and lifted the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to a 52-51 victory Feb. 1 against the University of Hartford at Lundholm Gym.

     Alvin, who scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, hit the decisive 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining. He shot 7 of 14 from the floor and that included 4-for-7 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 10 rebounds as well as four assists and two steals in playing all 40 minutes.

     Through 21 games, Alvin is ranked 10th in the America East conference in both scoring (13.3 points per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (34.6%). He leads the team in points (263), scoring average, field goals made (93) and attempted (238), and 3-pointers made (34) and attempted (99); he is tied for the team lead in steals (21) and ranks second in free throws made (43) and attempted (63) as well as minutes (697; 34.8 per game).

     Alvin’s other 2011-12 highlights included a season-high 21 points in UNH’s 53-50 win against intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Nov. 30; he shot 7-for-13 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, and made five of eight foul shots.

Alvin redshirted the 2010-11 season after incurring a season-ending injury two games into the year. As a junior in 2010, he was the only Wildcat to start all 30 games and averaged 14.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game; he ranked eighth in America East in scoring and led the team in that statistic.

     Alvin became UNH’s 27th member of the 1,000-point club against Hartford at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 6, 2010.

     As a sophomore in 2009, Alvin led the ‘Cats in steals, ranked second in scoring, third in assists and fourth in field goal percentage. He was a school-record 7 of 7 from 3-point range as part of a career-high 28-point effort against Santa Clara on Jan. 4, 2009.

     Alvin ranked second on the team in scoring as a freshman at 12.7 ppg and he made 62 3-pointers, which ranks eighth on UNH’s list of single-season superlatives. He also shot 81.8% from the foul line and that is the 10th on the program’s single-season list.

     Alvin has climbed to fourth place on New Hampshire’s all-time scoring list with 1,467 career points. With last Wednesday’s four 3-pointers vs. Hartford, he climbed to fourth place on UNH’s career leaderboards with 198 3-pointers. He ranks fourth in field goals made (492), fifth in career minutes (3,577), eighth in games played (110; the record is 117) and ninth all-time in free throws made (287).

     Alvin’s career accolades include America East All-Conference Second Team (2010), America East Player of the Game (Year-End; 2010) America East All-Rookie Team (2008), America East Academic Honor Roll (2008 and 2010) and America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2009).



Alvin Abreu, men’s basketball – America East co-Player of the Week

Casey DeSmith, men’s hockey – Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

UNH Men’s Hockey – Hockey East Team of the Week



Wednesday, February 1

Men’s basketball: at UNH 52, Hartford 51

Women’s basketball: at Hartford 64, UNH 46

Friday, February 3

Men’s hockey: at UNH 3,  Providence 1 (Television: CBS Sports Network)

Women’s swimming & diving: UNH 185.5, at Maine 109.5

Skiing: 2nd place at Vermont Winter Carnival (Day 1 of 3)

Saturday, February 4

Men’s hockey: UNH 3, at Providence 2 [overtime]

Gymnastics: 1st place (195.475) vs. Yale and Brown

Women’s ice hockey: Boston U. 5, at UNH 1

Skiing: 2nd place at Vermont Winter Carnival (Day 2 of 3)

Men’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Dartmouth Indoor Classic

Women’s track & field: non-scoring meet at Dartmouth Indoor Classic

Sunday, February 5

Skiing: 4th place at Vermont Winter Carnival (Day 3 of 3)

Women’s ice hockey: at Connecticut 6, UNH 3



Monday, February 6

Men’s basketball vs. Stony Brook, 7 pm (Webcast: ESPN3)

Wednesday, February 8

Women’s basketball at Albany, 12 pm

Thursday, February 9

Men’s basketball vs. Albany, 7 pm (Webcast: ESPN3)

Friday, February 10

Men’s hockey vs. Northeastern, 7 pm (Television: WBIN-TV)

Gymnastics at Penn w/Brockport and Wilson, 7 pm

Skiing at Dartmouth Winter Carnival (Day 1 of 2)

     Alpine: Dartmouth Skiway  //  Nordic: Trapp Family Lodge

Saturday, February 11

Men’s indoor track & field vs. Vermont, 12 pm

Women’s indoor track & field vs. Vermont, 12 pm

Women’s ice hockey vs. Providence, 2 pm

Women’s basketball vs. Vermont, 3 pm (Television: WBIN-TV)

Men’s hockey at Merrimack, 7 pm (Television: NESN)

Skiing at Dartmouth Winter Carnival (Day 2 of 2)

     Alpine: Dartmouth Skiway  //  Nordic: Trapp Family Lodge

Sunday, February 12

Women’s ice hockey vs. Providence, 2 pm (Senior Day)

Men’s basketball at UMBC, 1 pm 


MEN’S BASKETBALL (8-13 overall, 3-7 America East)

  • The UNH men’s basketball team began its February stretch run with a 52-51 victory against the University of Hartford on Feb. 1 at Lundholm Gym.
  • Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 52-49 lead with 28 seconds remaining and it proved to be the game-winning points.
  • Abreu recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and a personal-best 10 rebounds. He shot 7 of 14 from the floor, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range
  • Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) helped preserve the lead with a blocked shot with 16 seconds remaining that gave possession back to UNH. Benson is continuing to lead the America East conference in rebounding (8.6 per game).
  • Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was the other UNH double-digit scorer with 14 points. Rhoads leads America East in minutes at 36.4 per game.
  • New Hampshire has two home games webcast on ESPN3 this week – Feb. 6 vs. Stony Brook and Feb. 9 vs. Albany. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (12-10 overall, 5-5 America East)

  • The UNH women’s basketball team was defeated 64-46 at Hartford on Feb. 1.
  • Junior forward Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds at Hartford. Despite missing the first eight games of the season, Frame ranks second on the team in rebounds (111), points scored (230), field goals made (86) and attempted (203), and free throws made (58). She leads the teams in scoring average (16.4 ppg) and free throw attempts (96).
  • New Hampshire continues to lead the America East conference in free throw percentage (71.9%) and 3-point field goal percentage (32.4%).
  • UNH’s Feb. 11 game vs. Vermont will be televised live on WBIN-TV.

GYMNASTICS (5-1 overall, 2-0 EAGL)

  • UNH gymnastics recorded a season-high score of 195.475 to improve to 5-1 overall by defeating Ivy League foes Yale University (190.275) and Brown University (189.675) on Feb. 4 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
  • UNH had the highest team score on all four events with a 48.875 on the vault followed by season highs in the bars (48.85), beam (48.8) and floor (48.95).
  • Austyn Fobes (Howell, N.J.) tied for first place in all three events in which she competed. She recorded a score of 9.825 on both the uneven bars and balance beam as well as a 9.85 on the floor exercise.
  • The Wildcats finished 1-2-3 in the vault. Ali Carr (Chelmsford, Mass.) led the way with a 9.85 and was followed by Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.; 9.825) and Adrienne Hill (Midlothian, Va.; 9.75).
  • Danielle Reibold (Horsham, Pa.) tied for the event high in bars, Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) equaled Fobes’ mark on the beam and Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Md.) matched the high score in floor exercise.
  • Carr was also part of UNH’s top-three sweep in both the bars (9.8; third place) and beam (9.8; third place).

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY (11-14-2 overall, 8-11-1 Hockey East)

  • The UNH men’s ice hockey team climbed from ninth to sixth in the Hockey East standings with a home-and-home series sweep of Providence College. The Wildcats prevailed 3-1 Feb. 3 at the Whittemore Center and then won 3-2 in overtime at PC the following night.
  • UNH head coach Dick Umile enters this week with 495 career victories. He is looking to become the 14th Division I coach to win 500 wins.
  • Freshman goaltender Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Providence. He stopped 71 of 74 shots (.959 save percentage) in two games with a career-high 37 saves Feb. 3 at the Whittemore Center – his first career home win – and 34 in the overtime victory.
  • Sophomore forward Nick Sorkin (Rockville, Md.) extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with two assists last Friday.
  • Sophomore defenseman Eric Knodel (West Chester, Pa.) matched a career high of two points with a goal and an assist in the 3-1 victory, then tallied an assist in the overtime win.
  • Senior forward Kevin McCarey (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored the game-winning overtime goal and also tallied an assist in the Feb. 4 game at Schneider Arena.
  • Senior forward Stevie Moses (Leominster, Mass.) enters the weekend with 93 career points. He is on the verge of becoming the 71st UNH Wildcat to join the century club.

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY (10-17-3 overall, 4-11-2 Hockey East)

  • The UNH women’s ice hockey team was defeated 5-1 by Boston University at the Whittemore Center, then lost 6-3 at UConn on Sunday.
  • Freshman forward Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) has recorded two assists in three of the last six games, and she has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) the past 10 games.
  • Junior forward Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) also has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) the past 10 games.
  • UNH’s two-member Class of 2012 – goaltender Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) and forward Emma Clark (East Barre, Vt.) – will be honored prior to the team’s last regular-season home game, which is Feb. 12 (2 p.m.) against Providence College.


  • The New Hampshire men’s indoor track & field team competed at the non-scoring Dartmouth Indoor Classic that was held Feb. 4 at Leverone Field House.
  • Senior thrower Brice Paey (Milton, N.H.) was victorious in the shot put for the fifth time in as many meets this season by breaking his own school-record with a throw of 60-feet, .25 inches; Paey’s mark bested 24 other competitors. He has already qualified for the IC4A Championship and has reached the NCAA provisional mark for automatic qualification in the event.
  • UNH claimed the top two spots in the weight throw, which had a total of 27 entries. Junior Cameron Lyle (Plaistow, N.H.) won the event with an IC4A-qualifying and personal-best toss of 57-3, and he was followed by classmate George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) at 52-4. Chris Dupuis (Plaistow, N.H.), another junior took fourth place with a distance of 50-11.5.
  • The Wildcats also finished 1-2 in the triple jump with Max Hoddwells (Wayne, Maine) atop the field at 44-9 and Alexander Rowe (Waterville, Maine) at 42-7.
  • D’mahl McFadden (Penacook, N.H.) ran to first place in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 8.35 seconds. McFadden was runner-up in the 200m at 22.98.


  • The UNH women’s indoor track & field team competed at the non-scoring Dartmouth Indoor Classic that was held Feb. 4 at Leverone Field House.
  • Junior Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H.) factored in three victories. She ran to first place in the 60-meter dash in a New England-qualifying time of 7.87 seconds and also won the 200m with a time of 26.66.
  • Brehm also ran a leg for the winning 4x200m relay team. The remainder of the quartet was comprised of Morgan Costa (Standish, Maine), Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Virginia Lavallee (Kinston, N.H.).
  • UNH had five runner-up efforts – Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I.) in the weight throw (personal best and ECAC-qualifying 54-feet, 5.25 inches); Melanie Frazier (Bridgewater, Mass.) in the long jump at 17-0; Danica Goodheart (Meredith, N.H.) in the triple jump at 36-4.75 and Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.) in the high jump at 5-4.25.


  • The UNH ski team finished fourth at the UVM Carnival that was held Feb. 3-5. The Wildcats were in second place following both the first and second days of competition. UNH recorded the highest team score in Saturday’s slalom and compiled 698 points to finish behind Dartmouth (916 points), Vermont (735) and Middlebury (729).
  • Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) recorded a pair of top-5 finishes with third place in the slalom and fifth place in the giant slalom.
  • Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) also turned in top-10 efforts in the slalom at fifth and sixth, respectively.
  • Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) was the 10th-fastest Nordic skier in both Saturday’s 5K classic and Sunday’s 10K free. She was the top ‘Cat in the 10K free to mark the fifth time in six Nordic races this season she finished first among the UNH skiers.
  • Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska) led UNH with a ninth-place finish in the women’s 5K classic. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) edged Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) by .05 seconds as the duo finished 16th and 17th overall in the 10K free. Izzo also factored in the classic scoring in 19th place.
  • The men’s Nordic team was led in the 10K classic by the brother tandem of Per and Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden). Per was the seventh-fastest skier in the event, while Erik was the 10th skier to cross the finish line. Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) took 17th place in the event.
  • The women’s alpine team was led by Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) and Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) in Saturday’s slalom competition. Rozinowicz finished in 15th place overall, just .02 of a second ahead of Blanchard in 16th place.
  • UNH had a strong opening day of competition in the giant slalom. Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) raced to a personal-best third place and was followed by Atkinson in fifth and Taylor Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) in 12th. Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) led the women’s squad in fourth place overall, followed by Laura Halupowski (North Conway, N.H.) in 20th.

SWIMMING & DIVING (6-2 overall, 2-1 America East)

  • The UNH swimming & diving team returned to action Feb. 3 at the University of Maine and recorded a convincing 185.5-109.5 victory against the Black Bears at Wallace Pool.
  • Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) each recorded multiple first-place finishes.
  • Reed was the fastest swimmer in both the 50-yard and 200-yard freestyle. The Wildcats took the top two spots in both events with Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario) finishing as runner-up in the 50 and Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) earning second place in the 200.
  • Bull took the top spot in the 100 backstroke and 100 free. Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) placed second in the 100 free.
  • McCandless was first to touch the wall in both the 200 butterfly and 500 free.
  • Pelletier swept the 1- and 3-meter dives.
  • Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) led a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 backstroke and Adria Morales (Canyon Country, Calif.) did the same in the 100 free.
  • Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) and Grace Borchers (Evanston, Ill.) also won individual events. Little recorded the fastest time in the 200 breaststroke and Borchers bested the field in the 100 butterfly.
  • The Wildcats will now focus their attention on the America East Championships (Feb. 23-26 at Boston U.).



  • The UNH men’s cross country team concluded the 2011 season Nov. 12 at the NCAA Northeast Regional (at the University of Buffalo) and raced to 21st place in the 33-team field. UNH finished with 559 points and was the third-best America East conference team at the meet.


  • The UNH women’s cross country team finished in 12th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional that were held Nov. 12 at the University of Buffalo. The Wildcats compiled 274 points and were the second-best America East conference school in the 36-team field.
  • Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) earned a place on the NCAA All-Northeast Region Team by virtue of her 24th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15. [The top 15 competitors at each regional is recognized.]
  • Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) were named to the 10-member America East All-Academic Team. Beattie placed 10th at the conference championship meet and James followed in 11th place. [To be nominated, student-athletes must participate in at least 50% of the team’s competitions and have a minimum GPA of 3.30.]

FIELD HOCKEY (17-5 overall, 4-1 America East)

  • The ninth-ranked UNH field hockey team was defeated 5-4 by eighth-ranked University of Michigan in an NCAA first-round game that was played Nov. 12 at the University of North Carolina’s Henry Stadium.
  • The Wildcats finished the season with 17 wins to tie the school single-season record that was established by the 1986 national runner-up team. This year’s squad broke the single-season record for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).
  • Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America First Team and Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) was voted to the Second Team.
  • Frates was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Player of the Year.
  • Robin Balducci was named the Dita/NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
  • Frates, Lyons and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team while Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was a Second Team honoree.
  • UNH, led by 21st-year head coach Robin Balducci, was honored as the America East Coaching Staff for the second consecutive year.
  • Frates was the unanimous selection as the America East Offensive Player of the Year. She was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Lyons and Rausch.
  • Bozek, Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) were named to the America East All-Conference Second Team.
  • Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team.

FOOTBALL (8-4 overall, 6-2 CAA)

  • The 11th-ranked UNH football team was ousted from postseason play with a 26-25 second-round loss at seventh-ranked Montana State University on Dec. 3.
  • Matt Evans (Hanover, Mass.) was named the 17th Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national defensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). His other 2011 postseason accolades include: Associated Press All-America Second Team, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team, Phil Steele’s All-America First Team, The Sports Network/ All-America Team, College Sports Journal FCS All-America Team, College Sports Madness All-America Team, Beyond Sports College Network All-America First Team and Defensive National Player of the Year, College Sporting News 2011 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team, Gold Helmet Award (New England’s player of the year), All-CAA First Team, All-New England Team and College Football Performance Awards Elite Linebacker Award.
  • Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was named to the 14th annual Footbal Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He previously earned a berth on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Footbll Team (selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America)
  • UNH has advanced to the FCS tournament eight consecutive years, which marks the longest active streak by any team.

MEN’S SOCCER (7-9-2 overall, 1-4-2 America East)

  • The UNH men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2011 season with a 3-0 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Bremner Field on Nov. 1.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two Wildcats received America East All-Conference team honors. Senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) was selected to the Second Team for the third consecutive year, while freshman goalkeeper Travis Worra (Lancaster, Pa.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
  • Five student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team (minimum 3.30 GPA and a starter or prominent reserve). Hilton was joined on the team by Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ryan McNabb (Downinton, Pa.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden) and Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.).

WOMEN’S SOCCER (5-12-2 overall, 3-4-1 America East)

  • The fourth-seeded UNH women’s soccer team was ousted from the America East tournament with a 1-0 loss to fifth-seeded Binghamton University at Bremner Field on Oct. 27. The Wildcats made a league-best 11th consecutive league tourney appearance.
  • UNH was announced as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Monique Lamotte (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Stephanie Gilkenson (Cranston, R.I.) and Kelly Mooney (Canton, Mass.) were Second Team selections and Meghan Ledwith (Yardley, Pa.) was an All-Rookie Team honoree.


VOLLEYBALL (10-20 overall, 8-4 America East)

  • The UNH volleyball team, the second seed of the America East Championship tournament, was defeated 3-1 by Stony Brook University in a Nov. 18 semifinal match at the University at Albany.
  • Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H.) were voted to the 2011 America East All-Academic Volleyball Team on Dec. 9.
  • Keding was selected to the America East All-Conference First Team while Laquerre, Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) and Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) were Second Team honorees.
  • Keding was named to the All-Championship Team.
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